“Twelve portals open to twelve different worlds awaiting discovery through imagination, fantasy and feelings… Go beyond the Quantum Gates and, with each re-listening, you will perceive new territories of musical expression. Let the evolution and permanent dialogue of the melodic lines – based on symphonic counterpoint – take you through a new multidimensional sound universe.”
Quantum Gates is the latest album release from Stefan Elefteriu, a cumulation of his incredible journey from building his own synthesizers in communist Romania to writing the score for a sci-fi movie. In the creation of this new album, he’s combed all of his classical musician skills together in a dramatic, cinematic look into alternate universes.
Western Music was considered “Subversive” under the communist reign of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, which was the era in which Stefan grew up in Romania, with rock music in particular being blasphemous. He resorted to buying hard copies on tape and vinyl from the black market, which were difficult to obtain and dangerous to be affiliated with.
This didn’t stop Stefan’s passion for rock and electronic music, which was momentarily put aside in light of his career at the Romanian National Opera as a professional violinist.
Stefan was working hard and smart to keep his passion alive, by reverse engineering the blueprints of a friend’s Korg MS-10, as well as an electric violin – a tribute to one of his avant-garde heroes, Jean-Luc Ponty. This adoration and drive for music is present in every track that Stefan publishes, and really gives the music something much more than just a sound, but a story of struggle, fighting against oppression and ultimately, succeeding!
Two great words to describe Stefan’s music are “Discovery” and “Exploration”, always trying to capture the wanderlust of a sci-fi journey into a song, often exploring many different dimensions in one track.
His experience in engineering pushes through into the melodies, creating an added depth of exploration and interest. Combine this with his experience with classical melodies and techniques, the method of story telling is a strange but compelling mix of traditional and modern.
Quantum Gates was inspired by the multiverse theory, each track being a gate into a different universe. Standout tracks include Between Two Worlds, an interesting layer of melodies and audio textures, with dream-like vocals over the top, playing around with classical and electronic themes.
Lonely Alien introduces a more Psy-Trance feel to the album, lots more upbeat and psychedelic. This track could definitely be heard at a rave, with its danceable BPM and intertwining melodic beats. Play Of Shadows feels more dark and mysterious with the Psy-trance beat leading; it is a different feel to Lonely Alien, more intense and mysterious, with the same rave-like vibe.
Overall, this album is a journey through genres, combining the best of all pieces together to astrally project our minds through the worlds in Stefan’s brain.
Always aspiring to transcend the limits of traditional, native sounds of Romanian culture, Stefan has only once used Romanian folk themes in his writing, leaning more towards the western themes in his work. His late 90s album, Missing Lands drew heavily on his celtic/Irish roots.
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